Academic journal article Medium Aevum

New Approaches to European Theater of the Middle Ages: An Ontology

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

New Approaches to European Theater of the Middle Ages: An Ontology

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New Approaches to European Theater of the Middle Ages: An Ontology, ed. Barbara I. Gusick and Edelgard DuBruck (New York: Peter Lang, 2004). xv + 298 pp. ISBN 0-8204-6226-8. Sw. fr. 95.00. Despite its ungrammatical and affected subtitle, this collection of papers originally 'presented at three international congresses on medieval studies held during the millennial year' contains some very interesting material though by no means all of it can claim to be a 'new approach'. Some new approaches are certainly to be found: Gusick's discussion on the miracle of the blind man in the York cycle and Ruth's 'Economic (mis)representation of the peasant in ... comic theater' present a sociological rather than dramatic treatment of the material. On the other hand, Runnalls on the performance time of French mystery plays or the papers on Spanish texts by Severin and Moore may include material not hitherto considered, but their approach is through standard scholarship and factual presentation. The useful survey of Croatian drama, which would be even better with references to sources for specific plays, can also not be considered a new approach. …

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